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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

dmomo Intuit will lose a service, but gain another. (415 comments)

Simplified filing is meant to be just that. Simple. That doesn't necessarily mean it's the best way for a tax-payer to file.

A new service from Intuit would offer, for free, to calculate, but not file your taxes. It would then compare the results to the "simplified filing" scenario. If it's in the tax-payers advantage to have Intuit file, Intuit can do so for a fee.

Intuit will lose out on lots of cases where a person's tax scenario really IS that simple... but they'll still have plenty of money to get in the middle of.

2 days ago

Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

dmomo Re:Another case for open source firmware. (240 comments)

Indeed. Thank you for your contribution. I have no issue with dyndns ceasing a free service. I have a problem with netgear selling the feature as "free for life" and locking down the option to use other providers. And I did complain to them.

about two weeks ago

Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

dmomo Re:Another case for open source firmware. (240 comments)

No. I bought the router because it had dynamic dns as a free feature. Free dynamic dns was listed as a feature. So yes. I did pay for the feature by buying the router. It would have been a simple matter for netgear to allow us to choose our own provider, but the current interface has a dropdown with ONLY dynamic dns. Do you understand the fairness now?

about two weeks ago

Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

dmomo Another case for open source firmware. (240 comments)

Looks like I'm going to My netgear router to tomato or dd-wrt
The current software has a dynamic dns setting, but it's a dropdown and Dyn DNS is the ONLY option. I hope they release a new firmware relaxing this restriction, but I have not seen any updates in a few years for my model.

Effectively, they are taking away functionality that I have already paid for. Sony did this when they made us choose between PSN (and effectively any internet communication) or Custom Operating System, changing the terms of our original purchase.

Thank god for open source. But, I wasn't looking forward to this side-quest. I'm sick of things I own ceasing to work just because some external entity wishes to make it so.

about two weeks ago

The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

dmomo Should this not be a bulb's job? (176 comments)

But the job of the socket or outlet? I'd prefer to see some sort of USB/bluetooth-esque standard where the plugged-in device, be it a bulb in a socket, a lamp in a wall outlet, or a toaster oven could all be monitored and controlled through the same interface. A device would not even have to comply to the standard for this to be useful. We'd already be able to tell if it is on or off, and chart out power consumption. Devices in compliance could extend the functionality in the same way any number of USB devices could be controlled via the PC, so long as they have the right driver.

about two weeks ago

Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

dmomo Sounds Reasonable (232 comments)

That sounds like a reasonable objection to showing the video. The article doesn't mention why the judge overruled that objection. I'd be interested to know. With a very large amount of money on the line, would it really be too much trouble and expense to create a less biased version of the video?

about two weeks ago

Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

dmomo Product Support, please. (172 comments)

I think McAfee anti-virus has a bug. I just installed it scanned my hard drive with it.
It did not detect that "McAfee" was installed. Are you sure that it's the best malware detector out there?

about three weeks ago

Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

dmomo How about the IT-WORLD programmers? (452 comments)

1) People will enjoy this content more if it's in a slideshows.
2) It's OK if ad-blocking breaks my core javascript functionality.
3) Nobody is going to view this site in a modern browser.

about a month ago

The Future of Cryptocurrencies

dmomo Collector's Value? (221 comments)

Suppose Bitcoin went the way of Napster. This would mean the currency might become worth less and less. People would, over time, abandon wallets and there would simply be fewer known Bitcoins to be found. Many will have simply been irrevocably deleted. At some point, wouldn't this scarcity prevent the value from dropping further?

Years from now, we'll likely be using some form of crypto/digital currency. Bitcoin will at least be an interesting historical note. Suppose my grandson steps forth with a digital wallet containing some bitcoin. Wouldn't that be worth something simply because it is rare and of historical interest?

about a month ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

dmomo Good. (465 comments)

It should be hard. The will may have said they could have the ipad. I didn't see anything about the data on it. Soon enough, it will be basic will-writing protocol to include any necessary keys to data as it is with access physical objects.

Wills aside, I'm glad to see one more hurdle in the social engineering chain.

about a month and a half ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

dmomo No. (627 comments)

Is "relying" an overstatement? Yes.

about 2 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

dmomo Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

Why? Give me those domains.. I want to go ahead and manually visit them. I'm curious. And I don't even use Steam.

about a month ago

EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

dmomo Awful Summary (367 comments)

What ratings system? What do you mean by "routing"? I know. RTFA. But come on, a summary should at least... well you know summarize.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

dmomo BS. The issue isn't with trying something new (2219 comments)

If you're really listening, then you'll say:
"We get it. You don't like Beta. So, we're going to commit to allowing you to keep classic if that's the site you are loyal to."

You've been working on Beta for a long time. We've been aware of that. We're not responding to trying something new. We're responding to this bit from the message you retracted:
> "The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months."

We're responding to the implication that the functional site we love will be fully replaced with the awful beta; no takesies back. This very slim time frame of several months makes it clear that in your eyes, the new "slashdot" is nearly complete. The problem is, the real reason Beta sucks is because it's a different paradigm all together. It's not something you can fix by listening to feedback and tweaking over the next few months. It's a concept that needs to be scrapped.

I think I speak for many when I say the issue goes beyond ugliness. It's a frame of mind. It's what this site represents that you're changing. We are nerds. You really need to understand nerds better if we are your intended audience anymore. We like this site because it's functional and doesn't get in the way of OUR discussion. You're turning the site into buzzfeed. Save that crap for Slashdot BI.

about 2 months ago

Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

dmomo Re:The Beta, The (last one from me today) (135 comments)

These copy paste posts are ok, but people will soon gloss over them. Try to work hate for the beta in with an on-topic comment.

about 2 months ago

Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

dmomo Re:I love slashdot beta! (104 comments)

"Major Internet Site Passed By Turkeys"

about 2 months ago

Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

dmomo Re:"...as we migrate our audience..." (232 comments)

There are readers and contributors. Slashdot acknowledges some people as meaningful contributors by allowing them to disable ads. So, yes. We contributors ARE paying to use the site by offering our content. We're not giving the content for free, we get compensated in the form of a site that lives up to our high standards. So, when the compensation fails to be adequate, we must be vocal. We understand that we can stop using the "free" site at any time. We become vocal in hopes it doesn't have to come to that.

about 2 months ago

Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

dmomo Brick and Mortar Stores Need to Rethink (232 comments)

The design of their security. They should redesign it by committe. Here are some suggestions for your Target Security Beta:

* More whitespace. Credit card thieves hate whitespace.
* Big goofy graphic before they can steal your credit card info
* Force a lot of scrolling, this will definitely send attackers away
* Make the store look like Buzzfeed. This will send them screaming.

about 2 months ago



Amazon Price Check App Draws Protests from Retaile

dmomo dmomo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dmomo (256005) writes "Amazon.com's Price Check allows shoppers to scan items in brick-and-mortar stores to instantly compare prices. Some retailers are protesting, saying that they cannot compete so long as Amazon.com has a tax advantage. While we see growth year over year in shopping, I don't see physical stores going away any times soon. Could this backfire on Amazon as we see increased efforts by the big-box retailers to lobby for new tax laws regarding online purchases? Or, will that pale in comparison to the revenue this app brings in, given the advantage Amazon already enjoys in lower costs (and therefor smaller margins) and higher volume?"
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